The Photograph that kindled my passion for Photography!!!
It was a cold winter’s morning of February 2011; worried, confused, distressed and knackered I was, with all the travelling for 2 days, adding to it, the trauma from the experiences and of sitting in the freezing weather in the cold coach station overnight waiting anxiously for the early morning coach (for various unavoidable circumstances) from London Victoria to MK. The wait was a hard one and then it was just another new dawn away from the dark night when I got into the bus, and by the time the bus took off to the roads it was morning; a dull and cloudy one. Tired and numb, I sat by the window on a seat all by myself holding my point and shoot camera but still very anxious and panicky hoping to reach home into the warmth so that I could rest and renovate my spirits. I was also just aimlessly taking random pictures, just to keep myself occupied and not get lost into troubled thoughts.
Now for that moment, that I had least expected, when the bus had just moved on a few miles, and stopped at the traffic lights which must have been somewhere in Central London, I watch these two taxis stop by the bus. An aimless shot, I framed the taxis and pressed the shutter release button halfway through, when I saw this biker rush through in between the taxis on the screen, and in the split of a second I had also just in time pressed the button completely capturing the image. I looked back at the picture and said WOW to myself. I knew it was just a photo, but for some reason, I ended up all excited and smiling. It did make my moment and it sure made me want to take photos, to capture moments if I correctly phrase it. I had a feeling that I had photographed something cool (laughing to myself as I write this!!!) or had achieved something. I did take a few photographs during my travel, but nothing excited me to this level and the low light conditions did not help. So this photograph, I looked at it over and over again during my journey.
Finally reaching home in one piece my first task was to transfer this picture to my computer, to have a clearer view (don't we all do that?). I was in love with it and yes I was in love with photography again!!! (yes again I have to say as it was something that had died within myself in the past years). To be honest, I took the courage to post it on a social networking site, and that was the first picture I ever dared post on the internet, just curious to know what my friends' (who were my only audience) opinions were cos I wanted feedback! (It makes me chuckle, when I think about it, friends always say "wow" to everything, but your best friend always gives you honest feedback!). I contacted a friend who liked taking photos too, to ask for feedback, and got the response "ok" "not bad for a first one"!!!
An exciting day for me it seemed, as it is the little things that matter the most in life, and this photo belongs to one of those little things on my list that made me smile, made me happy!
And there began my journey, after a long break, looking for interesting things and places to be photographed. I have done a few “not too bad” photographs, and striving to be better each day. I learn so much each day as an amateur photographer and I try my own tricks with the camera.
Out of curiosity, I also created a Facebook page, Livingsta's Art Gallery, and Google plus page and may be will create a website / webpage when I am confident enough. Yes, I do have plans to buy a DSLR in the near future. Maybe someday, I would love to transform this passionate hobby of mine into a part-time business, but just not so confident enough and I feel that it could be a lack of motivation too. Better late than never they say! So sooner or later, I will set off for the journey towards my dream (one of my dreams)!